Did you do DARE as a kid? I remember doing it in 5th grade and enjoying it. I mainly liked the free tshirt we got at the end because at the end of the year we all signed each others shirts. It was this cool thing I looked forward to all through out my elementary years.
My students are in DARE and every Wednesday we have a visit from our class deputy who talks to us about all the reasons we shouldn't smoke, do drugs, drink alcohol, or join gangs. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work on the teacher, as she sits and types this post with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in her hand. At least she's 21.
Today the kids read aloud essays they wrote, stating why DARE has been important to them. One student read...
"I will never smoke, do drugs, join a gang, or drink alcohol in the state of Virginia. Never ever."
Let's hope she never moves to Texas. Or Missouri. Or South Dakota....etc.
Kids + DARE = one hour of entertaining essays.